Google Gears was released today which promises to allow developers to create offline Web apps through a browser plug-in. Here is a bit of eye candy I took while checking it out.
If you're looking for more information check out the Builder AU news piece by Chris Duckett, ZDNet Australia's video interview with Google Australia, and the Google Gears Developer Web site.
Google's terms and conditions for Google Gears
Installing Google Gears in the FireFox browser is the same as adding a plug-in
The XPI is around 700KB
The plug-in has an built-in SQL lite database to store information on a local machine
The Google Gears security alert. Yet another UAC-type annoyance?
A test run of a sample Web site to add phases to the local database
As you can see we've turned off our connection
The same application with no connection. Users can add more fields without an internet connection using Google Gears.
Google Gear is open source and this is just a snippet of how the new technology works.